Joshua Starnes

Joshua Starnes

Agrees with the Tomatometer 74% of the time.

Publications:
ComingSoon.net
Critics' Group:
Houston Film Critics Society
Total Reviews:
431

Listing Of All Reviews & Articles

Showing 101 - 150 of 431
Rating T-Meter Title | Year Add Date
6.5/10 77% Fast Five (2011) " Originality isn't Fast Five's goal so much as distillation; Lin's aim is to make the ultimate version of a Fast and the Furious film and the third time appears to be the charm for him as director. Fast Five is the best of the series." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 29, 2011
6/10 20% The Ring Two (2005) " The Ring Two has a great deal of mood and there are some genuinely chilling moments, but weak characters sap it of all strength." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 25, 2011
6/10 64% Roll Bounce (2005) " For the most part though, the honesty of the performances keeps everything afloat when it could drift into easy sentimentality." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 25, 2011
4/10 18% Rush Hour 3 (2007) " I hate to use the phrase, "they're only in it for the money," but if any sequel ever exemplified that ethos, it's this one. Ultimately, Rush Hour 3 is a one trick pony whose day has long since passed." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 25, 2011
6/10 46% Rent (2005) " As strong as the music is, there's not much tying Rent together; it's a series of sequences, not a story." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 25, 2011
7/10 79% Red Eye (2005) " While not particularly original, Red Eye is immensely entertaining and a fine example of the classic suspense-thriller." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 25, 2011
6/10 43% Robin Hood (2010) " Robin Hood looks great, with the sort of well-executed mise-en-scène we've come to expect from Scott, but it's a lot of sound and thunder that amounts to nothing." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 25, 2011
6/10 67% The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) " The Pursuit of Happyness is a very Hollywood film, which could be good or bad depending on your point of view. It tries very hard to be profound and inspirational, but ultimately it's not up to the task." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 25, 2011
4/10 54% The Protector (Tom yum goong) (Warrior King) (2005) " Truly, the best martial arts film about elephants yet made." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 25, 2011
4/10 22% The Pink Panther (2006) " The best that can be said about it is that Kevin Kline is note perfect as the smarmy, scheming Chief Inspector Dreyfus and his undisguised contempt for Clouseau." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 25, 2011
5/10 57% The Perfect Game (2010) " It's hard not to root for an underdog, especially a relentlessly optimistic one, and the reality is Game has a lot of heart. But not much in the way of legs." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 25, 2011
5/10 62% Proof (2005) " Proof is a smart film, but it tries too hard. It wears its heart on its sleeve, and the pathos becomes a bit much because there is little to balance it out." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 25, 2011
6.5/10 35% Pride and Glory (2008) " They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but it can make for some awfully dull films. The line between inspiration and imitation is fine crossed repeatedly. Pride and Glory isn't the worst offender, just the latest." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 25, 2011
7/10 50% Prime (2005) " Like most relationship films it has a tendency to self-indulgence. Prime is less about relationships than it is about life lessons - a funny, bittersweet one; but that is unfortunately what a lot of relationships turn out to be." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 25, 2011
5/10 36% Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time (2010) " Someday someone is going to make a great film from a video game. Until then we have to be satisfied with being decently entertained without being hopelessly insulted. Prince of Persia manages to avoid doing either, so the wait continues." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 25, 2011
5/10 8% Premonition (2007) " Like a lot of mediocre movies it's not about much more than the immediate emotional response it's trying to generate. The filmmakers realize this and make an effort to shoe horn some themes in ... it just makes an already muddled movie even more muddled." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 25, 2011
5/10 45% Pride (2007) " It's another kinda, sorta based on a true story, inspirational sports film in the vein of any given Bruckheimer sports film." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 25, 2011
4/10 49% Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010) " Percy Jackson is simply uninspired in every single meaning of the word. It's probably the crassest, most obviously derivative work of this sort since Eragon." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 25, 2011
5.5/10 33% Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009) " James is much better than a lot of his contemporaries at this, eschewing over-the-top clowning for actual humanity. But it all gets thrown out the window in the second half. Maybe he'll do better next time." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 25, 2011
7/10 45% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End (2007) " If nothing else, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End's ambition and moral ambiguity still set it apart from the pack, but as a send off to the trilogy it staggers across the finish line more than winning out right." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 25, 2011
5/10 13% Our Family Wedding (2010) " Except for Mencia, who should never be allowed near a camera again, Our Family Wedding isn't particularly awful, but that's about the best that can be said about it." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 25, 2011
7/10 55% Orphan (2009) " Weak adult characters and lame ending aside, Orphan succeeds more often than not, mainly thanks to Fuhrman's performance and Collet-Serra's direction. It's not a fantastic thriller but it's not bad and often far better than it probably should be." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 25, 2011
8/10 60% Oliver Twist (2005) " Oliver Twist is an affecting and refreshing adaptation of Dickens seminal work from a master director." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 25, 2011
4.5/10 5% Old Dogs (2009) " Heartless, brainless and unable to do anything with what it does have to offer, Old Dogs doesn't know who it's for or what it's offering. It just needs to get made because people have to have something to do. Spare yourself and your kids." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 25, 2011
9/10 62% The New World (2005) " Not Malick's best film, but more than up to his usual high standards, The New World is a powerful and emotional romantic drama, and an essential story in the history of America." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 20, 2011
5/10 26% Ninja Assassin (2009) " It would be hard to expect any surprises from a film called Ninja Assassin, but on the other hand, it would be hard to be disappointed by it either. It does exactly what it says on the tin. " — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 20, 2011
5/10 68% North Country (2005) " North Country is the unfortunately overly-dramatized Hollywood version of a story that has a chance at being truly important and even uplifting, but thanks to extreme heavy-handedness, ends up being mostly shrill instead." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 20, 2011
5/10 21% Next Day Air (2009) " Next Day Air is well-intentioned but ill-thought, an amateur work by a first time filmmaking team trying to make the kind of film they like to watch, but ignorant of what makes those kinds of films work." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 20, 2011
5.5/10 29% New In Town (2009) " New in Town is old, and worn out. Its joints are creaky, it smells like mothballs, and it just keeps repeating the same old stories over and over again." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 20, 2011
6.5/10 35% National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) " National Treasure: Book of Secrets is a pretty typical blockbuster sequel, focused intently on appeasing what it thinks the audience wants, and missing out on what it takes to make a truly good movie." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 20, 2011
5/10 15% A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) " For fans of the Nightmare franchise, and slasher films in general, the new version does exactly what you want and not much more." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 20, 2011
6.5/10 72% Rio (2011) " It's only real downfall is its lack of ambition to be more than decent. Saldanha has also been unerringly safe in most of his story telling choices, with little unexpected character development and quite a bit of overly tidy moralizing." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 20, 2011
5/10 13% The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008) " A movie series called The Mummy is naturally going to have a limited focus. Universal might have been better off focusing on the various adventures of Rick and Evelyn to give them a wider range of material. But they haven't, so mummies it is." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 8, 2011
4/10 62% Music and Lyrics (2007) " Lawrence has a distinct lack of ability to write anything remotely resembling a real human. Maybe romantic comedies don't really need that sort of thing but if there's nothing else going for it - and there's nothing else going for it - it would help." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 8, 2011
7/10 78% Munich (2005) " Munich is an important story to be sure but an important movie isn't the same as a great one. It's told in such a muddled way the message is easily lost, except for the moments when it is hammered home at the cost of story-telling believability." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 8, 2011
5/10 16% Monster-in-Law (2005) " Fonda is terrific playing the mess that is Viola. Her introduction tells you everything you need to know about her: after learning she has been fired she attacks a vacuous Britney Spears clone on air. It never reaches that kind of mean-spirited fun again." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 8, 2011
8/10 74% Micmacs (Micmacs à tire-larigot) (2010) " Micmacs is quick and funny and easy but so light it floats away from you when all is said and done, and doesn't leave much behind. It's worth the time you spend with it though." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 8, 2011
6/10 66% Miss Potter (2007) " Miss Potter is too well crafted to actually be bad, but it's too light to be better than good. An entertaining trifle, but a trifle nonetheless." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 8, 2011
7/10 70% Mission: Impossible III (2006) " The latest in the Mission: Impossible franchise, Mission: Impossible III is high on intrigue, but a bit too obvious in its construction to be as effecting as it tries to be." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 8, 2011
6/10 55% Morning Glory (2010) " You don't watch stuff like Morning Glory for intelligent commentary on modern life and everyone involved is aware of it ... while there's been good, sometimes funny drama about the collision of news and entertainment never has it been so pointless." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 8, 2011
8/10 90% Michael Clayton (2007) " There's a lot of skill involved in Michael Clayton and an understated, ambiguous hero that's becoming rare in modern film. Even if under its subtle surface there isn't really much there, the surface is good enough to make it worthwhile." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 8, 2011
7/10 47% Miami Vice (2006) " Miami Vice isn't a particularly accurate translation of the show - and depending on your point of view that could be good or bad - but it is a stylish, if uninspired, crime thriller." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 8, 2011
6.5/10 54% Mamma Mia! (2008) " Yeah, it's all a little bit on the camp side. It's a musical based on the songs of ABBA. A little bit camp is probably the height of restraint." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 8, 2011
4/10 14% Made of Honor (2008) " There is nothing, nothing, nothing original about Made of Honor." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 8, 2011
7/10 72% Machete (2010) " It's taken 15 years and umpteen billion supporting tough guy roles, but Robert Rodriguez has finally managed to make a major studio film starring Danny Trejo." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 8, 2011
7.5/10 72% Hanna (2011) " Like a good fairy tale, Hanna is easy to describe but hard to sum up ... it doesn't succeed at the genres it plays at as well as it could, but it succeeds at being something different brilliantly thanks to a game cast and sure-handed direction." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 8, 2011
8/10 92% Source Code (2011) " Source Code is high concept filmmaking done the way it's supposed to be." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 8, 2011
5.5/10 27% Your Highness (2011) " It's like early Saturday Night Live without any sense of wit or timing. That's probably all well and good for the group it's meant for, but no one else is going to take much out of it." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 8, 2011
6.5/10 80% The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) " What charm it does have rests largely on Highmore's shoulders. As family friendly fantasy movies go it's pretty solidly in the middle, its resolve to take no chances whatsoever keeping it from ever being more." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 1, 2011
3.5/10 14% The Spirit (2008) " The Spirit feels like an extended trip through Frank Miller's personal fantasyland, and it's easy to guess how interesting a film made for an audience of one is going to be to anyone else." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 1, 2011
9/10 96% The Social Network (2010) " The Social Network is so engrossing you don't even notice how heavy handed the films central dramatic irony could be -- that the greatest tool for communication in the modern age was created by someone who has no idea how to relate to other people." — ComingSoon.net
Posted Apr 1, 2011
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